The summer route doesn't avalanche except in the worst avalanche conditions. People doing laps use the summer route all winter. The steeper parts where the summer road first traverses the side of a steep bowl, south of the highest point of the route, can be avoided by going off the road and out on the flats to the west a bit. The easiest way avoid the second sidehill to the north of the high point without using the winter route, would be to go over the top of the ridge. When the wardens used to drive snowmobiles to Elfin, that's the way they did it.
Without sufficient snow the winter route is quite awkward where it diverts from the summer route, along the two sections where the winter route is located on the east side of the ridge.
If you don't know exactly where the winter route is, and it's not marked, I wouldn't even attempt to try to follow it.
My guess is that the snow should be skiable at least beyond Red Heather.
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Last edited by sgRant; 12-06-2014 at 02:08 AM.